Sunday, November 5, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 5

November 5, 1907 – The Retail Grocer’s Association was represented at a meeting with Minneapolis Mayor J. C. Haynes this afternoon by President H. H. Pryta, Secretary J. D. Williams and Alderman T.O. Dahl to discuss the enforcement of the closed on Sunday laws for grocery stores.

The gentlemen claimed that of the 700 or more grocery stores in the city there are about 200 of them that stay open on Sundays. Many of these, it was declared, are conducted under the guise of confectionery stores, but in reality carry a stock of groceries and sell everything on Sundays, to the disadvantage of those who are trying to follow the provisions of the law.

After a long conference, Mayor Haynes told the gentlemen that he would immediately take steps to make sure all grocery stores close on Sunday; that is, those places where a line of groceries is carried, whether they call themselves a confectionery store or not.

The Minneapolis Tribune; “Grocers Get The Lid. Complaints Made and mayor Acts at Once. Committee appears and Makes Claim That Two Hundred Stores Are Kept Open on Sundays—Wants It stopped.”; Nov. 6, 1907; p. 6.

Minneapolis Mayor 
J. C. Haynes


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